Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

3 missing Chinese students, believed to be victims of ransom scam, found

3 missing Chinese students, believed to be victims of ransom scam, found

Then the parents were told that their children in Toronto had been kidnapped and a ransom was demanded.

Toronto police Friday said they believe two Chinese students reported missing this week are the victims of a scam meant to extort large sums from their families, according to Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

"They're being told they need to go into hiding, not to use their cellphones, not to contact their families and not to use any form of social media or the internet", said Const. Craig Brister.

Two other students, Juanwen Zhang, 20, and Ke "Jaden" Xu, 16, were last seen on Wednesday and Thursday respectively.

It's believed the students were targeted because they had recently arrived in Canada to study.

An investigation into who contacted the students is ongoing, de Kloet said. "They don't have a lot of friends or family here in Canada".

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'We would like to locate them and make sure that they're all right and that they're safe, ' de Kloet added.

Police said they urged several of her friends to continue texting her. Zhang turned on her phone Saturday and saw messages from her friends and immediately got in touch with police.

Ke "Jaden" Xu, 16, was last seen Thursday morning in the Eglinton and Midland avenues area.

"She is described as 5'6", with a thin build, long black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with any information about these instances is asked to call police at 416-808-2222 immediately. He was last seen wearing a red winter jacket, grey trousers and carrying a black backpack.

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